April 6, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After the University of Louisville tied the game at three in the sixth, Pitt picked up two in the eighth and held on to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday, snapping a seven-game win streak and forcing a rubber game Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Seth Button's RBI double in the first plated an unearned run and gave the Panthers (12-14, 6-4 BIG EAST) a 1-0 lead.
An RBI triple by Dan Lopez and an RBI double off the bat of Jordan Herr upped the Pitt advantage to 3-0 in the top of the second.
The Cardinals (21-9, 6-2 BIG EAST) knotted the game with a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth.
Chris Cates tripled to left to open the inning, extending his hit streak to 13 games. Boomer Whiting then singled him home, giving him a 19-game streak the fourth-longest in Cardinal history. A double by Logan Johnson scored Whiting and after a bunt single by Daniel Burton moved Johnson to third, Jorge Castillo's ground out to first scored Johnson, making it 3-3.
RBI singles by Peter Parise and Dan Williams put Pitt back on top 5-3 in the seventh.
The Cards clawed back to within a run in the eighth on an RBI double by Castillo. The Cards appeared to have tied the game as pinch runner Cory Dunning raced home when Chris Dominguez struck out on a pitch in the dirt and the throw to first to complete the strikeout went down the right field line, but it was ruled that Dominguez was out of the base line and therefore out on the play, ending the inning with the Cards trailing 5-4.
Button delivered an insurance run in the top of the ninth with a solo home run with two away, his team-leading fifth of the season.
Cardinal starter Justin Marks
struck out a career-high seven, allowing three runs, two of which were earned on five hits and three walks in six innings of work. James Belanger
(1-2) was saddled with the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.
Gavin Logsdon allowed two hits and walked one, striking out two in an inning and two-thirds. Kyle Hollander struck out a pair, allowing the ninth-inning home run.
Pitt starter Paul Nardozzi (4-2) picked up the win, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out 10 in six innings. Kyle Landis earned his second save of the season, despite allowing a run on two hits and a walk, striking out four over the final three innings. Nardozzi did not allow a hit until Dominguez singled to open the Cardinal fifth, striking out eight through four frames.
"Nardozzi is the defending BIG EAST pitcher of the week, and when you can get ahead consistently and throw three pitches for strikes, you're going to win a lot of games," U of L head coach Dan McDonnell said.
Admission to the game at Patterson Stadium Saturday is free and fans will receive the third installment of the Louisville baseball trading cards.
Admission to the baseball game against instate rival Kentucky on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Jim Patterson Stadium will still be free, but there will be reserved seating in the grandstand. Free tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis at Saturday's game against Pitt or at the U of L ticket offices in the Student Activities Center and at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Monday through Wednesday as they remain available.
You will need a ticket for a seat in the grandstand.
Fans on the 11th are encouraged to park at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, as there will be a complimentary shuttle running beginning at 4:30 p.m. and continuing until game time at 6:00 p.m. The shuttle will resume following the game. The drop-off and pickup points for the shuttle will be at Gate Four at PJCS and at the Shad Mason Hack Shack down the right field line at Patterson Stadium.